The Mishnah tells us that:
On Shabbat, the Levites in the ancient Temple would sing: “Mizmor shir l’yom HaShabbat – A psalm, a song for Shabbat day” (Psalm 92). This is to be understood as being a psalm, a song for the future – for the day that will be nothing but Shabbat and rest forever.Mishnah, Tamid 7:4
Judaism teaches us to understand Shabbat as “Me’ein Olam Haba – A taste of the world to come.” In other words, Shabbat is a taste of what the world would be like if it was a better place – without hatred, hunger, war, or sickness. It is a taste of heaven, right here on earth.
Can we ever really “perfect” the world? Of course not. Because we are human, the world will always be imperfect. And yet, we are still obligated to do whatever we can do to make the world a better place. To feed the poor; to reach out to the suffering; to make peace where there is strife.
May this Shabbat inspire us to do Tikkun Olam – to make the world better, one act at a time.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗼 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗶𝗸𝗸𝘂𝗻 𝗢𝗹𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸?